Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Lead and serve others in your unique calling.

Faith communities and community organizations are in need of ethical theologically informed educators who honor the past, are curious about the present and have a creative vision for the future. The 48-credit-hour Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) will equip you to provide expert leadership for the formation and transformation of those you serve.

MAPT students work with the MAPT director to create a self-designed specialization shaped by your academic and vocational aspirations in conjunction with faculty expertise.

Note to those seeking United Methodist ordination

The University Senate of the United Methodist Church requires that a student seeking United Methodist ordination must earn at least one-third of their seminary degree through campus-based courses, with distance education permitted for up to two-thirds of the degree. We will work with you to build a course schedule that fulfills these requirements for ordination. See options for fulfilling the requirements here. The Master of Divinity fulfills requirements for ordination as elder or deacon; the Master of Arts in Practical Theology fulfills ordination requirements for deacons.

MAPT Degree Requirements

MAPT Recommended Degree Completion Plans

Dual-Degree Information

Talk with an admissions counselor about MTSO and the MAPT degree. Email or call 800-333-6876.